MASTERMINDS Trailer: Galifianakis, Wiig, and Wilson Are Stupid Rich Criminals

     June 23, 2015


Relativity has released a new Masterminds trailer along with a new poster. Based on true events, the story revolves around an unassuming armored truck driver (Zach Galifianakis) who is lured into a heist scheme that points to him as the scapegoat. Now on the lam, he must evade the cops, survive a hit man (Jason Sudeikis), and try to turn the tables back on those that double-crossed him.

Watching this trailer, I’m struck by how I much I’ve liked this cast—which also stars Kristen Wiig and Owen Wilson—in other roles, and this seems to be a prime example where all of them are wasted to the point where we wonder why we even liked them before. This trailer slathers on the wackiness and calls attention to how it’s subverting action tropes, but none of it comes off as particularly funny.

If you want to see what I mean, check out the Masterminds trailer below. The film opens on August 19th.

Here’s the official synopsis:

In this action comedy inspired by true events, directed by Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite; Nacho Libre), David Ghantt (Zach Galifianakis) discovers the true meaning of adventure far beyond his wildest dreams. He is an uncomplicated man stuck in a monotonous life. Day in and day out he drives an armored vehicle, transporting millions of other people’s money with no escape in sight. The only glimmer of excitement is his flirtatious work crush Kelly Campbell (Kristen Wiig) who soon lures him into the scheme of a lifetime.


Along with a group of half-brained criminals led by Steve Chambers (Owen Wilson) and an absurdly faulted heist plan, David manages the impossible and makes off with $17 million in cash…only problem is he foolishly hands the money over to this wild group of double crossers and has been set up to take the fall. With the bandits blowing the millions on lavish and ridiculous luxuries, they leave behind a glaring trail of evidence. Now on the lam and in over his head, David must dodge the authorities, evade a hilarious hit man, Mike McKinney (Jason Sudeikis), and try to turn the tables on the ones he trusted most.


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